Same here.. I was drafted in 1969, served 4 years (they talked me into going RA (Regular Army) vs staying a draftee), got out after the 4 years, couldn’t find a job, so I went back in.. By this time I’d seriously considered doing 20, but since this was after the end of the VN war, and the Army didn’t really have a pressing mission, the chicken$**t got going, and my last CO was a champ at chicken$**t.. I worked nights (midnight to 8am) and got every other weekend off. He issued a directive that shift workers (there were about 10 of us, who manned the weatherstation 7/24) would be exempt from extra duty and making regular formations. But magically, he found ways to bypass his own directive, thus, for example, making people attend morning formation on their day off.. This was a small base, and I happened to run into the base commander at the PX one day, and got into a conversation with him, and happened to mention about the shift-work issue.. He was NOT pleased about THAT.. A few days later our CO, a mere Captain, read a base directive by the BIRD COLONEL that people on shift work do not attend routine formations.. After that I was on the Captains s/list.. as I suspect word got out that I went around the chain-of-command.. My ETS date was about 3 months away, and I lost the urge for “doing 20″….
The biggest problem with management and the corporate world these days comes from the lies that we have accepted as facts as a culture during these last 60 years (starting with the cultural revolution, Vatican II, and other events). We have become comfortable with the idea that people should always be accepted for who they are, that it is never okay to become angry, and that everyone should get a trophy even if they come in last place. A manager has every right to be displeased at an employee who is a distraction, not a team player, or who is incompetent. He does his employee a disservice by not demanding corrective action. I personally have become a better employee (and a better person) by remembering my mistakes and how horrible it feels when I make them so as to do my best to not repeat them. It is never a virtue to tolerate behavior that is disorderly (this does include how one dresses and presents himself). On a side our country needs more leaders and less lawyers, lobbyists, and politicians running things.